At the Shanghai New
International Expo Centre (SNIEC), the presence of Magneti Marelli is
characterised by the theme “A part of your future”. In an overall area of
approximately 240 square metres set out over two levels, the stand exhibits the
latest innovations developed in the following areas: Advanced Responsive HMI
(Human Machine Interface); Smart City Connectivity; Autonomous Driving Technologies;
Intelligent Automotive Lighting and Advanced Powertrain Solutions.
In the field of Electronics,
the main focus is on the theme of HMI (Human Machine Interface), with the
evolution towards multi-display systems, designed to integrate information
functions with design, thanks, for example, to the solution involving connected
displays creating a continuous surface. In particular, at CES Asia Magneti
Marelli is presenting its vision of the E-Cockpit, a synthesis of technology
which embraces the entire dashboard (dashboard HMI) in a single element which
includes various displays, including the instrument cluster and the CID
(Central Information Display).
Again in the area of
automotive electronics, in relation to the geographic context of the show, Magneti
Marelli is placing particular focus on the technological know-how and
production developed in the R&D centre in Guangzhou for the Chinese market.
In particular, various solutions of the Full Digital Cluster are presented,
with sizes ranging from 12.3” to 27”, dual displays and a demo unit which also
includes the Heads-Up Display.
There is also a demo
presentation of the prototype for the Cockpit-ECU, characterised by a single
processor which can simultaneously integrate and manage up to four screens with
different operating systems and technology (LED, Touchscreen, etc.), fitted
with wider-ranging connectivity and combined in a continuous manner on the
dashboard thanks to optical bonding technology. The Cockpit-ECU also offers the
possibility to download a smartphone application created by Magneti Marelli,
which is based on the Android system and which allows the telephone to become
an additional screen, as well as control and personalise the on-board displays.
Moving on to the area of
Autonomous Driving and following the concepts which were expressed at the CES
in Las Vegas, an important point in this area is the ability to detect and
reconstruct, in real time, the environment surrounding the vehicle. To this
end, Magneti Marelli is developing integrated solutions for the management of
information from sensors which monitor the environment surrounding the vehicle
via an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) dedicated to Sensor Data Fusion.
Focus also returns to the
Smart Corner solution, which integrates sensors for autonomous driving such as
video-cameras, radar and LiDAR into the headlights and rear lights, at the same
time guaranteeing elevated standards in lighting design and performance.
Another fundamental aspect for
autonomous driving is V2X (Vehicle-to-everything) connectivity, which is
presented in an area next to that of Autonomous Driving. In particular, the
stand presents V2X telematic systems which allow communication with other
vehicles (V2V, Vehicle-to-Vehicle), infrastructure (V2I, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure),
and pedestrians (V2P, Vehicle-to-Pedestrian).
This area also includes the
presentation of telematic boxes or T-boxes, modular telematic devices as both
Original Equipment (OE) and for the Aftermarket, which allow in-vehicle access
to connected services aimed at safe, comfortable and efficient mobility.
Moving on to lighting systems,
at CES, Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting highlights the most recent
synthesis of design and technology made possible with solutions such as LED and
OLED. With regards to rear lighting, in particular Magneti Marelli presents the
latest frontier in the evolution of LED technology and “light-guide” solutions
which, combined, allow the creation of thinner diffusive material with a larger
surface area, very similar to the characteristics of OLED. Furthermore,
integrated electronics allow for adaptive backlighting functions.
In terms of front
illumination, there is a space dedicated to the latest generation of Electronic
Control Units (ECU), which manage all of the intelligent actions of a
headlight, for example the Matrix and adaptive functions, and the advanced
digital management of the light beam.
In the Powertrain field, in
Shanghai Magneti Marelli is presenting solutions for hybrid and electric drive
systems, as well as “Water Injection” and 1000-bar GDI (Gasoline Direct
Injection) technology. The hybrid-electric area presents an air-cooled 48-volt
“mild hybrid” solution with BSG (Belt-integrated Starter Generator).
The complete “Water Injection”
system for petrol turbo-compressor engines, is capable of injecting water into
the combustion chamber thanks to an additional injector for each cylinder. This
guarantees improved performance and efficiency, optimising operating conditions
inside the combustion chamber and allowing for a reduction in CO2 emissions of
For GDI systems, Magneti
Marelli proposes new pumps and injectors which are capable of operating at
pressures up to 1000 bar, with a consequential improvement in performance and a
reduction in consumption and emissions.